Objectives: To distribute lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health information, increase library visibility as an ally, and promote resources we have selected and created, our library engaged the local LGBT community through outreach at a local Pride festival. This presentation details the planning of the booth and reflects on the results, successes, and learning experiences of the event.
Methods: Before the festival, we began evaluating and developing our collections on LGBT health and created an electronic LGBT consumer health resource guide through LibGuides. We also sought out free resources from professional organizations, such as the Fenway Institute and Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, to distribute. At the booth, we displayed our collections, promoted our LGBT consumer health LibGuide, spoke with community members about our offerings and goals, and increased visibility of our library though branded stress balls we gave away. We also handed out brochures promoting OutCare, a network connecting patients with LGBT friendly and competent healthcare providers, as well as guides on how to talk to doctors and how to find reliable LGBT health information online.
Results: Library faculty and staff reached a total of 474 members of the community, helped add one provider to OutCare's OutList, completed two literature search requests and recieved one private office visit to learn more about database searching and finding information online as a direct result of engagement at Pride. Our LGBT Health libguide saw a spike of 14 visits on the day of, and 18 visits that week.
Keywords: LGBT, health disparities, barriers to care, community engagement, outreach
Kornhauser Health Sciences Library
Jessica Petrey recieved her MSLS (Master's of Science in Library Science) from the University of Kentucky in 2014 and has been serving as Clinical Librarian at the University of Louisville Kornhauser Health Sciences Library since January 2016. Jessica grew up in Pike County, Kentucky, recieved her BA in English at University of the Cumberlands in Williasburg, KY, and was previously employed as a library technician in acquisitions at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Medical Library in Pikeville, Kentucky. In her current position, she provides embedded librarian services in the clinical departments of Otolaryngology and Emergency Medicine and the divisions of Infectious Disease and Gastroenterology. She has also developed a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) initiative for Kornhauser to not only support training of future healthcare professionals in the unique needs of people who are LGBT, but to also establish the library as an ally to and source of health information for the LGBT population on campus and in the greater Louisville community.
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